A debate you won’t see in the MSM:
During his speech in Strongsville, Ohio, on Monday afternoon, President Obama highlighted the struggle of Natoma Canfield, a cleaning woman from the nearby town of Medina who is fighting cancer without benefit of health insurance. But it was another woman, Ingrid Martin, an out-of-work health care sales representative, who caught his attention — and debated him on the merits of his health care plan for two minutes after his speech.
Martin has been unemployed for almost six months. Her last job was with HealthSmart, a privately held health care benefit management organization. She has health insurance through her husband, who is a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic.
“When national health care became a real threat over the summertime, I was laid off,” Martin said in an exclusive interview with Politics Daily. “They went from six sales reps down to two, east of the Mississippi, and I happened to be one of the last ones. And the big problem now is after 24 years of being in this industry, I’ve sent out resume after resume, and nobody is hiring right now. I think they’re all terrified of what Obamacare’s going to do.”
Martin said she opposes Obama’s health care plan for philosophical, not parochial reasons, and after his speech, she caught the president’s attention.
“I didn’t clap and I didn’t smile, and I just sort of held firm to my beliefs and held my tongue so I didn’t get into any trouble,” she recalled. “And I think that, being in the front row, he noticed that because when he came down off the stairs and started shaking hands, when he got to me, he said, ‘Thanks for coming,’ and he looked at me and said, ‘Are you OK?’ And I said, ‘Yes sir, I just don’t support your bill’.”
Martin said she then entered into about a 2-minute debate reminiscent of Obama’s meeting with another Ohioan, Joe Wurzelbacher (aka “Joe the Plumber”), telling him she worries about the long-term implications of his sweeping legislation. She told the president he was focused on insurance reform, as opposed to the rising cost of health care, which she believes to be the fundamental problem. Martin stressed her view of the need for tort reform. She also noted: “He said things like, ‘Medicare is not going to be affected by this bill,’ which is not right.”
When Obama said that his bill addressed her concerns, “I just kind of shook my head and said, ‘I don’t believe it does’ — oh my gosh, I’m calling the president a liar,” she added with a nervous laugh. Obama then took Martin’s business card and promised to send her information on the bill.
More here: http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/03/16/ingrid-martin-channels-joe-the-plumber-debates-obama-after-heal/
Yeah, sure…he’ll get right on that. As soon as he gets through trying to ram bad socialist medicine down our throats. And by the way, Ingrid, he is a liar.
Obama, like the rest of the Dems, really believe that they are untouchable; that the overwhelming opposition across America is of no consequence.